Why is Porto Overtaking Paris for Shopping and Design
written by Gabriella Opaz | 21st September 2016
The Algarve is incredibly rich in culture and diversity, especially if you’re looking for a surfing, trekking or simple food friendly experience. The entire region contains over 100 beaches that are unique and brimming with biodiversity. For the nature lovers, you can choose from over 30 hiking trails including: the Ria Formosa, Monchique mountain, Caldeirão mountains and Sagres cape. For golf aficionados there are over 30 courses dotted throughout the region, not to mention enough restaurants to keep the gourmand satiated.
On this 5 Day Tour of the Algarve, you’ll not only experience one of the best golfing courses in Europe, but you’ll enjoy the vast number of beaches that grace the coast. Refreshing Portuguese wines will overflow from your glass as you visit one of the top wineries in the south paired with numerous petiscos (small bites) of locally sourced ingredients.
The Algarve’s gastronomy, east to west, would be best described as a rustic twist to Mediterranean, and very much from sun, earth and ocean. Traditional Algarvio’s insist on using the region’s infinite nutrient resources and demand fresh, honest and unpretentious ingredients that you can smell, feel, taste and cook. Hence, it’s no surprise that the Algarve is equally known for having top Michelin star restaurants just waiting to showcase their best cuisine.
“It’s not easy to plan a wine trip, especially for a group that expects a high level of wine communication, education, and experience. Ryan Opaz and the team at Catavino exceeded all expectations in my first visit to the Douro. The knowledge base they represented, the contacts they have, and the professionalism they exhibited is of the highest caliber. Beyond that, and possibly most importantly, Ryan was simply a blast to travel with.”
Your private driver will pick you up at the airport and will escort you to your luxury hotel. Featuring all-new accommodation, enhanced and extended dining options, 1000m2 Spa, this fully renovated five star hotel, is now unveiled for the summer. Today is yours to relax poolside with an ice cold beverage or dine in their elegant a la carte restaurant renowned for its first-class cuisine. If you’re antsy for a bit of exploration, we’re more than happy to offer a range of mouthwatering options to entice your palate.
Voted the World’s Best Golf Destination by the World Golf Awards for the third year running, this small but stunning country is blooming with undulating landscapes and breathtaking scenery to highlight your tee-time. At this top golf course near Albufeira, you’ll play a long a incredible stretch of Portuguese shoreline that attracts all sorts of exotic birds lurking within the ponds, lakes and streams. With the gentle breeze that sweeps up from the coast, and a gorgeous terrace lunch, it’s impossible to consider alternatives for the afternoon. But should you require new horizons, we have a pristine beach ready and waiting for you. Dinner can either be at the hotel, or we can escort you to the Vila Joya – a gastronomic paradise by the sea! The Vila Joya’s culinary excellence is the result of the joint expertise of its two chefs, one who focuses on classic dishes, the other on more innovative cuisine.
Today is dedicated exclusively to your palate. In the morning, your English speaking driver will pick you up at the hotel and chauffeur you to one of the best wineries in the Algarve. Here, you’ll not only meander through vineyards heavy with juicy grapes, but you’ll be given a VIP tasting of exceptional Portuguese wines alongside various cured meats, cheeses and breads. Lunch will be hosted in a traditional restaurant featuring fresh seafood and fish dishes specific to the region. After lunch, your guide will take you on a cultural tour of Lagos, highlighting the fresh produce market and the Santo Antonio Church, ending your day with a exclusive wine and preserve tasting. For dinner, enjoy a small restaurant nestled up to a white sandy cove specializing in fresh fish, clams, tiger shrimp, scarlet shrimp, squid and lobster from the coast.
Today is dedicated to seaside tranquility with your book and beach umbrella. Explore one of the many hidden beaches along the southern shore. That said, if your five iron is calling, we’re more than happy to escort you to yet another internationally renown golf course just before your luxury sunset cruise with drinks and canapes.
Your private driver will be ready with your bags in hand to bring you to wherever your departure requires in Faro.
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